Mexican Puppy Names

Kelly Roper
Chihuahua puppy

Whether you're looking for a dog name that really suits a chihuahua or other Mexican breed, a name that's compatible with your heritage, or you simply love the sound of Spanish language names, there are quite a few options to choose among. These lists are by no means exhaustive, but you will find plenty of name choices for your pet in this genre whether your puppy is male or female.

Traditional Spanish Puppy Name Suggestions

Names are as much a form of creative expression as they are a way to identify an individual, so you can use traditional names as well as words that have various meanings. As long as you're happy with the way a particular Hispanic name sounds, feel free to use it for your puppy. The table below contains name suggestions sorted by gender. Each name is followed by its meaning or by its equivalent name in English.

Traditional Spanish Names for Dogs
Males Meaning Females Meaning
Alejandro (Ale) Alexander Alba Daybreak
Amigo Friend Alma Soul
Benito (Beni) Benedict Amelia (Meli) Work
Blanco White Amiga Friend
Carlos Charles Aurora (Yoya) Dawn
Chavez Cesar Chavez Blanca White
Che Buddy or Dude Bonita (Boni) Pretty
Cruz Cross Buena Good
Cordero Lamb Chabela (Bela) Isabelle
Diego Spanish form of James (Yago) Concepción (Concha) Conception
Domingo Sunday Consuelo (Chelo) Comfort
Eduardo (Lalo) Edward Coqueta (Queta) Flirtatious
Enrique (Quique) Henry Dama Lady
Gabriel (Gabo) Gabriel Dulcinea (Dulce) Sweet
Guillermo (Memo) William Emilia (Emi) Emily
Jorge (Coque) George Fiesta Party
José (Pepe) Joseph Gitana Gypsy
Manuel (Manu) short for Emmanuel Linda Lovely
Mateo Matthew Dolores (Lola) Aches
Pablo Paul Lorena (Lore) Lorraine
Paco / Pancho short for Francisco Manuela (Mani) short for Emmanuela
Poncho short for Alfonso Niña Girl
Pedro Peter Olivia (Oli) Olive
Rico Rich Palma Palm
Rojo Red Paloma Dove
Santo Saint Perla Pearl
Sol Sun Querida Dear
Tajo Slash Rosario (Charo) Rosary
Tigre Tiger Sierra Mountains
Toro Bull Solana Sunny spot

Consider Mexican City and State Names

If you still need more naming inspiration, many of Mexico's cities and states have attractive names that would also make great puppy names. Use a little imagination, and you just might find one of these is perfect for your pet. If it's important to you, you can decide for yourself if you feel a particular name suits one gender better than the other.

Mexican City/State Names for Puppies
Acapulco Juarez Quintana Roo
Cancun Juarez Reynosa
Celaya Leon Saltillo
Colima Matamoros Sonora
Chiapas Mazatlan Tabasco
Durango Merida Tampico
Ensenada Mexicali Tijuana
Guadalupe Monterrey Toluca
Hidalgo Morelia Torreon
Jalisco Oaxaca Veracruz
Mexican hairless one-week-old puppy

Names for Smaller Dogs

Both Chihuahuas and hairless dogs Xolos are originally from Mexico. And while both breeds come in a variety of sizes, most are considered to be small dogs, especially when compared to larger breeds. Choose a name that either plays on the dog's natural cuteness or instead name the puppy ironically as though it's a mighty (yet tiny) warrior.

Small Dog Names
Name (male/female) Meaning
Perrito/Perrita Little Dog
Diablito/Diablita Little Devil
Fiero/Fiera Fierce
Loco/Loca Crazy
Fuerte/Fuerza Strength
Tonto/Tonta Silly
Feliz Happy

Names for Larger Dogs

Though the one larger breed indigenous to Mexico is sometimes referred to as the "Mexican Pit Bull," its proper name is Chamuco, which translates to "Devil." Xolos can also be larger dogs, even though they're most well-known as smaller dogs. Larger breeds popular in Mexico in present day include Golden Retrievers, Labradors, and mixed breeds.

Larger Dogs Names
Name (male/female) Meaning
Jefe/Jefa Boss

Hombre/Mujer

Man/Woman
Bandido/Bandida Bandit
Oso/Osa Bear
Beso Kiss
Nacho Nacho
Cuate/Cuata Buddy

Mexican Terms of Endearment

You can show your affection for your new puppy by addressing him or her with one of these Mexican terms of endearment. Note that some Spanish-language names have male and female forms while others can be used for any dog. Each name suggestion has its own special meaning.

Mexican Endearments
Male/Female Names Meanings
Amor (Amorcito) Love
Bebé (Bebecito / Bebecita) Baby
Bombón (both genders) Marshmallow
Canijo / Canija Tiny and/or Sly
Cito / Cita (from Amorcito, bomboncito, corazoncito) Cutesy diminutive
Corazón (both genders) Sweetheart
Coso / Cosa (Cosito / Cosita) Sweet thing
Chaparro / Chaparra (Chaparrito / Chaparrita) Shorty
Chico / Chica Kid
Chicle (both genders) Chewing gum
Chiquito / Chiquita Little one
Chispa (both genders) Spark
Chucho / Chucha (derived from Perrucho/a) Doggy (Feisty dog)
Flaco / Flaca Thin
Gordo / Gorda Chubby
Güero / Güera (Güerito / Güerita) Light haired
Príncipe / Princesa Prince / Princess
Moreno / Morena Dark haired
Mijo / Mija (Mijito / Mijita) Mi child
Nene / Nena Baby boy / Baby girl
Peluche Stuffed toy

More Ideas for Mexican Dog Names

There are many other ways to come up with creative name ideas for your puppy. Alcohol-inspired names can be a fun option for dogs, and there are a number of Mexican cocktails to consider for inspiration. The names of traditional dances of Mexico and Mexican folk dance steps can also be used as unique puppy names that give homage to Chicano culture. The same is true with terminology used to describe traditional Mexican clothing.

Choose a Name You Can Live With

Picking your puppy's name is a fairly big decision because you both are going to have to live with it for many years to come. You want to choose a name that rolls off your tongue easily. Try choosing two or three of the names you like best from all of these suggestions, and then practice saying each of them a few times until you're comfortable pronouncing them. Once you've done that, look at your puppy and practice calling him or her by each of your chosen names. One name is bound to feel more natural than the others, and then you'll know you've found the right choice.

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Mexican Puppy Names